We’re just a few days away from the official end to the Atlantic hurricane season. While this doesn’t necessarily mean we can’t have another hurricane, the chances are much diminished. 2012, at least to this point, is yet another year in which South Florida hasn’t seen a major storm hit our coastline. As we know from Hurricane Sandy earlier this month however, we can’t take anything for granted.
Roof maintenance is important year round, but now, as we enter our dryer winter season, we have a great opportunity to maintain our roofs. In fact, performing roof maintenance during South Florida winter time has many benefits:
As energy costs begin to take a larger chunk out of the average homeowner’s pocket, innovative and new roofing techniques and materials are being developed to save money. To add to the benefit, many strained utilities and green-focused government agencies are more than willing to offer generous rebates on these energy-saving products. Here are some ideas to consider as you plan your next roofing or construction project.
Have you noticed that warranties are getting longer and longer?
Think about it – how long would you expect a roof to last in the South Florida sun – with wind, rain and heat battering it just about every day? Does an unconditional 20, 30 or lifetime warranty sound plausible? Probably not.
If you have ever replaced you roof, you know that there are strict requirements that goes along with it. Inspectors from your municipality check each and every permitted roofing job to ensure that city, county, state and federal codes are all met at various points in the roofing project.
The very nature of the roofing business and re-roofing projects necessitate noise, smell and a general mess. There’s simply no way to get around it. It is important however, for the safety and comfort of those in and around your home, that you hold your contractor to the very highest standards of safety and workplace cleanliness.
Florida has had its fair share of problems stemming from unlicensed contracting. Especially during a particularly rainy time or during a tropical storm or hurricane, many unlicensed contractors take to the streets to do unauthorized work on unsuspecting homeowners. The result is problematic for municipalities and homeowners alike.
Almost every roofing job comes with a roofing warranty. This warranty may vary in scope and length, but having the peace of mind that your roof is covered in case of premature failure cannot be overstated. That said, there are times where homeowners are shocked to find that their roofing warranty is not honored, either by the material manufacturer or the contractor. Cases like these can cause a significant amount of distress an expense.
A beautiful new roof is an exciting thing to see for any homeowner. However, the weather assault on that roof starts the moment it is installed.
Sealing a roof can be an important part of a comprehensive roof maintenance program that extends the life of your roofing system. A tile roof may cost as much as a car…sometimes even more. Yet many homeowners do not maintain their roof like they do their car. The result can be a series of costly and largely preventable repairs. Over the years, the roof takes quite a beating, especially during the rainy and hurricane season when a good maintenance program becomes all the more important.
It can be hard to know when your shingle roof needs to be replaced without the advice of a licensed roofing contractor. Since it is not advised for a homeowner to walk on their roof, there are ways to see of the roof needs replacement from the ground.